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Pingbacks and View Friends Page by Date in S1 [Feb. 27th, 2009|04:51 pm]
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As announced in news today, Pingbacks have arrived on LiveJournal! For the time being, this feature is limited to Paid Accounts. More information can be found in the FAQ.

Here is how it works: your entry (as Paid user) is linked to by another (Paid) user. As long as both entries are public, and you have your comment settings set so that you can receive comments from all registered users, you will receive a screened comment from pingback_bot showing you the link to your entry. All comments by pingback_bot will be screened, regardless of your account settings - you can choose to unscreen them if you wish. Pingbacks to and from Paid Accounts can also be sent to and from any blog that supports the Pingback protocol. If you would like external sites to interact with your entries through Pingbacks, you'll need to change your default setting for Pingbacks to "Open".

We're aware that some pingbacks aren't working, but don't have enough data to determine the cause. If you try out pingbacks and they don't work, please let us know! Here's how! EDIT 3/6/09: If you haven't yet been able to send or receive Pingbacks, you can resolve the issue by going to the Privacy tab on the My Account Settings page, scroll to the bottom and click "Save". Although the default setting is "LiveJournal.com only", this setting is not recognized until settings are changed or saved. This will be fixed in the next release.

1. First, make sure that you and the person linking to your entry are both Paid users and that both entries are public. The default setting for Pingbacks will be "LiveJournal.com only," but you can check or change that on the Privacy tab of your Account Settings page.

2. Make sure your comment settings allow comments from either "registered users" or "everybody" and that you have your CAPTCHA setting for comments on "anonymous commenters" or "nobody".

3. Wait 15 minutes - this is the amount of time needed for the Pingback system to check and deliver the ping. If you don't see the comment from pingback_bot, comment here with a link to the entry that didn't get the pingback. Developers will monitor the comments here and we hope to have this issue resolved as soon as we can.

View Friends Page by Date works in S1

In December, we announced the Paid feature View Friends Page by Date. At that time, it was not compatible with journals using the S1 Style System due to the fact that S1 had been retired and deprecated. In January, developers investigated and created a fix - so if you're still using S1 you can now view your friends page by date to your heart's content!

[User Picture]From: intravenous
2009-02-27 10:59 pm (UTC)
"your entry (as Paid user) is linked to by another (Paid) user. As long as both entries are public, and you have your comment settings set so that you can receive comments from all registered users"

that's an awful lot of restrictions.
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[User Picture]From: mayerman
2009-02-27 11:44 pm (UTC)
The Paid user restriction will be removed when the feature is available to all users (which is the eventual plan). The public entry restriction seems pretty logical; the system wouldn't ping about a link in a protected entry because that would be a violation of the privacy of whoever posted the entry (essentially revealing at least part of the entry's content). If the initial entry that's being pinged about is protected, the pingback bot won't be able to leave a comment on it (unless you add it as a Friend, obviously, which would just be another restriction, and one I'm sure people wouldn't be too happy about). And as for the comments - well, if commenting is disabled, the bot can't leave the pingback comment, which defeats the whole purpose.

I do like the idea of using the PM system instead, though - that could avoid the commenting problem (though obviously you'd have to have PMs enabled instead, but I think most people probably do).
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[User Picture]From: misskitty_79
2009-03-01 02:45 am (UTC)
Well, though I'm glad to hear that the paid part of these restrictions will soon fall by the wayside, I still think that there are an awful lot of check boxes to tick before this thing might be even remotely useful...
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[User Picture]From: misskitty_79
2009-03-01 02:43 am (UTC)
I agree.
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